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Community mural in Pill celebrates solidarity with refugees

Community mural in Pill celebrates solidarity with refugees

Youth-led organisation, Solidarity Stories paints a mural in a community
garden in Pillgwenlly, Newport in solidarity with refugees.

After receiving funding from GAVO and partnering with local organisations such as The Gap Wales, Pill Unity and Pobl HousingĀ Association, Solidarity Stories launched a mural competition earlier this year encouraging primary school pupils from Pillgwenlly, St Michaels and Maindee Primary Schools to design a mural tocelebrate diversity in the community and welcome refugees. After receiving over 300 entries, a panel consisting of Newport residents who have lived experience of seeking sanctuary, chose a winning design from Pillgwenlly Primary School. With the help of Cardiff-based artist, Peaceful Progress, the winning entry was painted as a mural in Pill Community Gardens for everyone to enjoy.

About Solidarity StoriesĀ 
Solidarity Stories is a youth-led organisation run by Ayesha Ali (24), Monisah
Ali (24) and Faye Jordan (22) which started as a social action campaign to
spread positive news and stories about refugees living in Wales. The group
were inspired to start the campaign to counteract the negative media
surrounding refugees in Wales during the Penally camp crisis. The campaign
is active on Instagram and Twitter and has since spread to community-based
work. The group were recently awarded the Young Global Citizen of the Year
Award and Overall Winners at the WCIA Young Peacemaker Awards 2022.
To keep updated with Solidarity Stories, you can follow them on Instagram
and Twitter.